The News Courier in Athens, Alabama


August 17, 2013

Miriam Shoemaker

— Mrs. Miriam Lovenia Adkins Faulkner Shoemaker, 92, passed away Friday, Aug. 16, 2013, at Life Care Center of Columbia, Tenn.

The funeral will be conducted at 1 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 20, at Oakes & Nichols Funeral Home, 320 West Seventh St., Columbia, TN 38401, with the Rev. Janis Lofton officiating. The family will visit with friends from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.

Her body will be conveyed to A. J. Desmond & Son Funeral Home in Royal Oak, Mich., for burial in Acacia Park Cemetery, 31300 Southfield Road, Beverly Hills, MI 48025.

Miriam was born at her parents’ home in South Giles County, Tenn., near Veto, Ala., on Aug. 1, 1921.  Miriam’s parents were Lawrence Eugene Adkins and Pattie Amelia Whitfield Adkins who are buried in Roselawn Cemetery in Athens.

Miriam’s brother was Alfred Eugene Adkins of Columbia, passing in death April 26, 2011, and buried in Maplewood Cemetery in Pulaski, Tenn.

Miriam was first married to Lawrence Alvin Faulkner from Aug. 8, 1940, ending with his death on Aug. 1, 1954.  Lawrence Alvin Faulkner is interred in Athens City Cemetery.  Miriam was a former resident of Beverly Hills, Mich., where she married John William Shoemaker on March 8, 1966, until his death on March 14, 1981.  He is buried in Acacia Park Cemetery in Beverly Hills.  Miriam was formerly a buyer for the J. L. Hudson Company the years she lived in Michigan.  After retiring, Miriam was a housewife to her second husband John until his death.

Miriam’s survivors include her nephew, Stephen Kirby Adkins of Columbia; a paternal first cousin, Lois Nell Adkins Goodman of Huntsville; and a half first-cousin, Betty Layne Coffman Catalfamo of Elkmont.

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